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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Sept. 24

September 24, 2011

Thumbs up to the roughly 60 volunteers who have stepped up to deliver meals to homebound seniors through the Meals on Wheels Program in Washington County, which recently was reinstated after an eight-month hiatus. Many of the seniors who benefit from the program said they missed the visits from the volunteers as well as the food.



Thumbs up to the Shockey family, which donated $132,400 for state-of-the art stage lighting in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium. The donation was made through the Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Foundation, which last year spent $40,000 to refurbish the Steinway grand piano in the auditorium.



Thumbs up to donors who participated in Shepherd University’s “Create the Future” campaign, which officials hoped would raise $20 million in six years. The campaign recently ended a year early — with donations that ranged from $5 to $1 million — and brought in $6 million more than the targeted goal.



Thumbs down to the hit-and-run driver who struck an ambulance from Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services while the ambulance was parked in front of a residence during a recent call. Accidents happen and are understandable, but fleeing the scene after causing damage to property — public, private or otherwise — is inexcusable.

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